29 Weeks – #canklesarereal

  • I will start by saying that I’m still feeling great. Sure I have some expected symptoms, but I really can’t complain. Pregnancy is treating me well and I feel really lucky about that. A year ago at this time, I was pregnant and on eggshells waiting to find out if my crappy first beta would double (it did). I had no idea what the next few weeks would bring. I am damn lucky to be in my 3rd trimester and I am not about to complain about a few standard pregnancy symptoms. BUT, I will make note of them…
  • Like the title says, cankles are a real thing. I naively thought I was going to avoid them. They are a third trimester reality, and the August heat isn’t helping. It should be noted that my feet are usually small, I have bony ankles, and they fit in these sneakers fine until yesterday.   
  • 3 hour glucose test is tomorrow morning. Womp womp.
  • In looking back through my photos, it seems my first bump “pop” was around 20-21 weeks. I’ve been growing pretty steadily since then.



  • Stuffy nose.
  • Sleep is getting a little more uncomfortable and I need my pregnancy pillow regularly in order to be comfortable. I get heartburn or indigestion (or whatever it is) if I lay flat, but if I prop myself up and lay on my left side, it usually subsides.
  • Harder to shave, put pants / shoes on. This is a very hard sensation to describe. Bending makes it difficult to breathe. Oh, and it sometimes pushes on my bladder in really undesirable ways.
  • I’m not “kick counting.” I know me. This will make me neurotic. I feel the baby squirming around throughout the day. I thought movements would be stronger than they are. Rob still has not seen or felt any movement from the outside, but neither of us has the patience to try too hard. 
  • Registry is done (thank god- it was a pretty painful process for me). Nursery is not started. I’m honestly not stressing. It will happen.
  • 2 months, 2 weeks, and 2 days until Baby A due date. My last day of work will be October 2. Baby due October 22. Lots of 2s… 
  • Leg cramps, and leg cramps, and leg cramps.
  • There was some baby shower drama, but I think it is all resolved. 
  • There was some childbirth class drama, but I think that is also all resolved.
  • My stomach got really tight and painful in the middle of Jazzercise last night. I got frustrated because I had to take my workout way down. The tightness seems more exaggerated at night.
  • No cravings, no aversions, no stretch marks…
  • With 11 weeks to go, I realize I know next to nothing about childbirth, breastfeeding, or how to take care of a newborn…so, yeah… I should probably get on that…

That pretty much brings us up to date. 

I will add if I think of something thing else. 😊

7 thoughts on “29 Weeks – #canklesarereal

  1. My goodness, yes, cankles are very much alive & well in pregoland! As soon as I hit 6 months with DD I had them BAD, and I’m really not looking forward to that again! I found drinking more water to help, and ice water foot baths. You’ve got a great prego belly going now! Xx

  2. Hey there, I too have had a recent issue with cankles. Even when my feet are not swollen, they’ve grown a full 1.5 sizes!!! Yikes, I can’t fit into any pre-pregnancy shoes. But I have to tell you that medical grade support hose are lifesaver! You’re not going to want to wear them when you’re running errands in the heat, but certainly you should be wearing them indoors. I originally got some hot pink compression socks from a running store at $45 that I could really only wear indoors because my tennis shoes don’t fit me and it’s too hot to wear jeans over them in the Texas summer. But last week, things got really bad with the swelling. I found a vein clinic that specializes in vericose veins and swelling, etc, and they carry medical grade support (compression) hose. They are nude color or you could get them in black, they didn’t have maternity hose that cover the belly, but I snagged a pair of knee highs to wear with my work pants and a pair of thigh highs to wear with my dresses. Gone are the days of bare legs, and it’s so unfortunate this time of the year. But I’ve had such phenomenal results! Since I’ve been wearing them religiously for the last week, not only is the swelling in my feet and ankles gone, but the swelling in my hands has subsided too. Doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m a true believer. Just had to share with you. Hope this helps.

  3. Your matter of fact attitude with all of these made me laugh. I’m excited for you that you have such a nice bump now, because I remember in the beginning you were a bit sad that you didn’t have one for so long…though you would probably hit me for saying that lol! It’s great to see that you aren’t stressing about things and just taking everything in stride. Put your feet up and relax whenever you can, hopefully that will help with the ankles!

  4. You’re getting there! I tried to relieve my ankle swelling with ice and elevation, but of course it only helped a little. My swelling seems to have gone down quite a bit these last two weeks – hopefully the same goes for you! Eat your bananas and try some stretching because those leg cramps are a bitch!

  5. Ohhh I hated the cankles! I felt like I had two log stumps for legs. My feet were so huge. I was so happy to see my ankles again a few days after delivery 🙂

  6. Ugh! I can’t bend over well either! I actually posted a tweet the other day that said I’m at the point that if I drop something and I can’t get it with my toes, it’ll probably stay there! I feel you on most of those symptoms!

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